President Obama said it’s easier for a teenager in some communities to get a gun than a computer or a book during an address Tuesday at the memorial service honoring five police officers killed in Dallas.
“We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than to get his hands on a computer or a book,” Obama said.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 12, 2016
According to the Pew Research Center, 87 percent of teens have access to a computer, and 73 percent have access to a smartphone. The American Library Association estimates that there are approximately 119,487 libraries in the United States, and that is obviously just one of countless ways to obtain a book.
Some of course took issue with Obama’s claim.
Dear Barack Obama: It is not easier to buy a Glock than a book (legally). He is the worst.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) July 12, 2016
President Obama said it’s easier for a teenager to get a Glock than a book. If you’ll excuse me, I’m headed to the library to get strapped
— Dan O’Donnell (@DanODradio) July 12, 2016
Obama wraps up his speech, and now I’m going to head down to the local library to check out a Glock.
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) July 12, 2016
The Official White House Twitter account tweeted a reiteration of his comment, but left out the assertion that guns were easier to obtain than books. The Tweet simply states that guns are easier for teens to access than computers.
“We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to by a Glock than to get his hands on a computer” —@POTUS
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 12, 2016
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